High school teacher Maggie Green, inhales the scent of Bergamont, a native plant important to the Monarch butterfly. Ms. Green and her students were among the volunteers who spent the morning working at Price Park on stewardship activities on Friday, October 13th. Some cut buckthorn and stacked it into piles for later clearing. (Fall is the best time to cut buckthorn because it still has leaves so it’s easier to identify compared to other plants, and there are fewer mosquitos and other bugs to bother the workers.) The seeds gathered from native plants in the prairie section will be stored, then sewn in the winter for snow-seeding. The dried leaves and seeds of many native plants smell delightful, making stewardship work a scent-sational activity!
Kettle Moraine Land Trust partners with Walworth County in land management for Price and Natureland Parks. KMLT also publicizes volunteer work days such as this (see the Events page for upcoming workday information.) Volunteer help is very important to the county parks to supplement park resources and take care of stewardship tasks.
Steve Messick from Walworth County said, “It’s wonderful to see how much twenty volunteers can accomplish!”
For more information on volunteer stewardship work days, check in with this website often and follow KMLT on Facebook.